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XP Solitaire in Vista

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement
 
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Q:
Occasionally I waste a few minutes (or more) playing solitaire on my XP PC. I’ve tried the same game on my Vista machine, but dislike it. Is there anyway to include the XP version on my Vista machine?

A:
This is a great question! After a little bit of digging, I found that it is possible to put the XP version of solitaire on a Vista machine.

Here’s how:

First, I should start this tutorial by explaining something. I’m sure I will get questions about this, so I’ll just answer now. This tutorial will show you how to get the solitaire files off of an XP computer and put them on a Vista computer. I cannot just get the files and offer them as a download to you. Because XP solitaire is owned and liscenced by Microsoft, it would cause major trouble for Worldstart if I just gave you my copy. On the other hand, if you have XP, you are welcome to do whatever you want with your own copy of XP solitaire. This is why I will show you how to move the XP version to Vista, so you can do it with a clear conscience.

OK, now we can continue. In order to do this tutorial, you will need two things. 1: A flash drive with at least 500kb of free space (should be no big deal). 2: A working Windows XP computer.

Step 1: Turn on the XP computer and plug in your flash drive.

Step 2: Find out the drive letter of your flash drive. To do this go to Start>My Computer. You will see it listed there with a drive letter next to it.

Step 3: Go to Start>Search and open the search box.

Step 4: A box will open asking you “What do you want to search for?“. Click the one that reads “All Files and Folders“.

Step 5: In the box labeled “All or part of the file name“, type sol.exe

Step 6: Click on “More Advanced Options” and make sure there is a check mark next to “Search system folders“, “Search hidden files and folders” and “search subfolders“.

Step 7: Click “Search” and wait for windows to find the file. It should only find one.

Step 8: Right click on “sol.exe” and go to “Send to>(Your flash drive letter)“. This will copy sol.exe to your flash drive.

Step 9: Repeat steps 3 through 8, but instead of searching for sol.exe, search for cards.dll.

OK. Now you should have two files on your flash drive: cards.dll and sol.exe. Now you can power up your Vista computer and plug in the flash drive.

Once the Vista computer starts up, you will want to make a folder on the desktop called Solitaire. (or anything you want to call it, really). Next, go to the flash drive by going to Start>Computer. Double click on the flash drive and you should see your two files called sol.exe and cards.dll. Drag them from the flash drive to the folder that you created on the desktop.

You are done! Now open the folder on the desktop and double click on sol.exe. Good ol’ Windows XP solitaire should appear on your screen!

NOTE: You can move the Solitaire folder any place you would like. It doesnt have to remain on the desktop. Also, if you leave the files on the flash drive, you can also play XP solitaire on any system you plug the drive into!

Enjoy!

~Gary

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